So how is your self-discipline or self-control? Does it waver at times? What causes you to be distracted or get off course? Or even worse, what brings you into the ditch upside down? I think we all have things that keep us from concentrating or focusing on what we should, or even forgetting what we should be doing. It might be nice to daydream for a moment, but getting off course can be disastrous to us and those around us. So what do we do?
Jesus makes clear what to do. “Fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2 ). He is the one who has begun a good work in us and he will compete it in the Day of Christ (Philippians 1:6). It is easy to take our eyes off the ball. Like Peter we can take our eyes off Jesus and look at the waves, troubles, or fears and begin to sink. We can turn away from where we should be going and head to a rendez vous, to the bar, casino or whatever there is on the far side of town.
God has done a work in saving us on the Cross. He also continues to do a work in us through the sanctification by his Holy Spirit. This is a journey, a long, hard one. Yet we can be confident of this, that he will complete it. He does not quit on us, as we trust in him. Isn’t it a wonderful thing that God is faithful? That’s why I wrote Great is God’s Faithfulness. This work tells stories of God’s faithfulness through the Psalms. Yes, God has a good plan for each of us and he will complete it, if we will let him. Be self-controlled and disciplined. Obey, submit and follow him.